Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > i over pitched...what should i expect?
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default i over pitched...what should i expect?

Hello everyone
I brewed my first AG batch the other day..and it was a disaster
all you pro's are gonna laugh
I started of with 15lbs of grain and 8 gallons of water
ended up with 3 gallons of wort haha i really screwed the pooch on this one
and on top of that i heavily overpitched
I had 2 pacman smack packs that were not handled proper and i thought they might not be viable...so i thought if i activate 2 and make a starter i can culture enough yeast for my "5-6 gal" batch..anyway they were both viable and swelled to my suprise(no turning back now)..So i pitched the starter into my 3 gallons of wort..what does overpitching do to the beer?


beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
wilserbrewer
BIAB Expert Tailor
HBT_SPONSOR.png
Vendor Ads 
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
 
wilserbrewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Jersey Shore, Jersey
Posts: 8,280
Liked 858 Times on 683 Posts
Likes Given: 15

Default

Well maybe you didn't over pitch since you only had 3 gallons of possibly very high gravity wort?? With all you have going on...i doubt overpitching to be your biggest obstacle and would focus on your volume issues...bang head


wilserbrewer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default

yeah your right..it was like the grains were a sponge and stole all my wort haha..i gotta work on every aspect of brewing ..i cant brew worth a damn..cheers
beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
pearlbeer
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Austin
Posts: 116
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Sounds like you may have forgotten to sparge. Check out the boards, there are two methods - batch sparge and fly sparge. Basically, you'll drain the grain bed and then add additional hot water to "rinse" the grains. You will get a lot more wort this way.

Did you measure the gravity of the wort?
pearlbeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #5
bmick
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 324
Liked 26 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

In terms of overpitching, that's pretty hard to do on a homebrew scale, you'll be fine. In terms of everything else, I recommend getting BeerSmith software, it's about $20 and one of the better investments you can make in terms of making sure you're doing things correctly, especially with water volumes.
bmick is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default

your right..i did not sparge...i mashed the grains in a real ghetto way..I mashed on the stove top in a 9 gal kettle with 4 gallons of water..then did a mash out with the other 4..then hand strained the batch I did not have enough all grain gear and i got impulsive haha ..needless to say your right i did not sparge..i thought i would still get 5 gallons ..lesson leared..them grains are like a sponge
beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #7
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default

yeah i will get beersmith..i need it ..thanks cheers
beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:47 PM   #8
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default

oh yeah my OG was 1.061..what is that 30% efficiency..terrible just terrible..i need to get that program or i will be doomed to buying beer in the store
beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 04:53 PM   #9
NordeastBrewer77
NBA Playa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
 
NordeastBrewer77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 7,933
Liked 1082 Times on 788 Posts
Likes Given: 3977

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by beerhound28 View Post
oh yeah my OG was 1.061..what is that 30% efficiency..terrible just terrible..i need to get that program or i will be doomed to buying beer in the store
check out the threads here on HBT about BIAB. you can easily do PM and AG on the stovetop using this method. and yeah, get some software, it's very useful.
__________________
The Polk Street Brewery

Brewin' 'n' Que'n - YouTube Shenanigans

Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
can i drink this? I mean. Im gunna. But is it fine?
Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
it's not a barley wine. it's an ale.
Quote:
Originally Posted by bottlebomber View Post
Have you seen the price of ketchup lately? And I'm not talking Heinz.
NordeastBrewer77 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2012, 05:07 PM   #10
beerhound28
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: LB, north east
Posts: 149
Default

i had no clue what BIAB was but i looked it up.. i should have did that method..Im gonna buy like a case of grain bags..thanks cheers


beerhound28 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What can I expect? poislb Fermentation & Yeast 4 10-18-2011 09:45 PM
1st Starter, not sure what to expect. Wus67 Fermentation & Yeast 6 10-03-2011 11:54 PM
US-05 @ 79F. What off-flavors to expect Schwind Fermentation & Yeast 9 10-11-2010 08:08 PM
Safale-05 @ 58F -- What to expect? bobbytuck Fermentation & Yeast 13 08-08-2010 03:41 PM
First Starters, what to expect???? EuBrew Fermentation & Yeast 5 08-21-2009 05:09 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS